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Alan Heckert

Alan Heckert joined SED in 1996. He came to NIST in 1985 as member of the consulting group for the NIST supercomputer center. He previously worked for 4½ years for the Statistical Research Division of the Census Bureau. His primary areas of interest are statistical computing, statistical graphics and distributional modeling.

Alan is currently the lead developer for the e-FITS and e-Metrology web projects. Current collaborators include Gale Holmes, Jae-Hyun Kim, and Walter McDonough of the Polymers and Complex Fluids group and Jeffrey Fong of the Mathematical Analysis and Modeling group. Some past projects include computing support for various radiation detection test campaigns conducted by the Department of Homeland Security and for an MEL scatterfield microscopy project.

Current Projects/Duties:

Technical Areas of Research and Consulting:

  • Statistical graphics
  • Statistical computing

Professional Activities and Societies and Standards Activities


  • Department of Commerce (DoC) Silver Medal, 2003


Mathematical Statistician
Statistical Engineering Division

Employment History:

1980-1981: Western Geophysical

1981-1985: Statistical Research Division, Census Bureau

1985-1995: Consultant for NIST Supercomputer group

1995-present: Statistical Engineering Division, NIST


  • M.S. (Math/Statistics), Clemson University, 1980
  • B.S. (Mathematics), Frostburg State, 1978

Phone: 301-975-2853
Email: alan.heckert@nist.gov
Fax: 301-975-3144